Our subjectsInternational relations degrees

What is international relations? 

International relations look at the role of powerful states, international organisations and social movements which affect international and regional politics. 

Why study international relations? 

Studying international relations will help you to respond to global questions such as:

  • How should we respond to global crises and conflicts?
  • How does power operate in, across and between states?
  • In what ways do international political and economic processes shape the everyday lives of people across the globe?
  • And how can we explain and evaluate such processes?

What our students think

Find out what our students think about studying international relations at Strathclyde:

Why study international relations at Strathclyde?

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow is an award-winning academic institution - the only one to have won the Times Higher Education University of the Year award twice!

The School of Government & Public Policy is host to a number of research centres. For example, the European Policies Research Centre is a leading hub for the study of regional development policy and collection of such data in Europe, a centre that is of increasing importance in the wake of Brexit. Specialised policy centres focused on health and energy ā€“ such as the Centre for Energy Policy  ā€“ also add to the applied policy environment at Strathclyde. 

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Access a wealth of support and resources for postgraduate study. Details on the application process, accommodation, fees and other useful information can be found here.    

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Diplomacy and international security are among the most pressing issues facing the world today. Success or failure can have huge implications for society as a whole. I am interested in bringing together academics and practitioners. This has led to many fruitful collaborations over the years and the opportunity to present my work at places like the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Rogelia Pastor-Castro
MSc Diplomacy & International Security, Programme leader

Our students

Diplomacy & International Security student Kyler Howsare

Kyler Howsare, United States

MSc Diplomacy & International Security

I have really enjoyed all of the guest speakers and people from the field that professors have been able to bring in to speak for us. It really helped me get an idea of the practical side of the field that Iā€™m planning to enter.
Lea Evjen Strathclyde student

Lea Evjen, Norway

BA Politics & International Relations

I chose Strathclyde because they offer a bespoke Bachelor of Arts honours programme which fit well with my study needs. I have a real passion for politics and international relations and chose to continue my studies in this subject along with English.
Kunal Tilak graduate students

Kunal Tilak, India


The best thing about studying at the University of Strathclyde is its location. Centrally located, in the heart of Glasgow, makes it such a sought-after university. The research facilities, the world-class library and the modern infrastructure are the things that I find the best about Strathclyde.
Sophie Shields, Diplomacy student

Sophie Shields

MSc Diplomacy & International Security

My cohort were encouraged to pursue courses across history, law and politics and to discover our own areas of interest and speciality. I found that this to be a unique approach to learning, which led to my classmates covering a variety of timelines and topics of expertise.